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Bad Habits

April 28, 2010

As I battle jet lag and the inevitable flu-like symptoms that result from being confined to a small space for 15 hours with several sick and inconsiderate flyers, my patience is at a minimum.  Who am I kidding?  My patience is always at a minimum.  But even my minimal patience is disintegrating as I swiftly come to the conclusion that some bad habits can’t be broken.

1. Maya will continue to kick her shoes off at the front door and will not pick them up, despite my repeated requests and numerous threats to give them all away to a child who has no shoes.

“But how do you know she wears my size, Mama?”  Smart ass.

2. Despite my best intentions to start eating proper meals I will continue to resort to scrambled eggs for dinner due to lack of time, groceries, and inspiration.

3. As I eat my scrambled eggs  I will get a text from my husband who is currently in Las Vegas “working” asking me what he should order from one of my favorite restaurants ever – Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill

“At Mesa, u think I will like Halibut more or Mahi?”

I’m not even sure where to start on this one but I’ll just go with the obvious…even when I don’t have to cook for Ali I still have to think about his dinner plans.  Apparently that now includes having to consult via text. 

4. When Maya and I decide to have dinner with my brother at Coral Tree Cafe the serial cougher, a.k.a. Maya Din, will cough all over my food as well as my brother’s food, and will insist that even though it’ s a “fake cough” she cannot help it.

After sharing all her germs Maya will share her ketchup-covered fingers as well…all over my white pants.

5. And despite reading an article about how one shouldn’t start their sentences with a conjunction like “and” or “but” I will continue to do so because I simply can’t think of replacement words.  But I do believe that when compared to my family’s transgressions, my grammar mistakes are forgivable. 

So please forgive me.

35 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2010 7:45 pm

    You “And” and “But” all you want girl cause you’ve got the power of great writing behind you 😉

  2. actorsdiet permalink
    April 28, 2010 8:21 pm

    i really wish bobby flay would open a mesa grill in l.a.!!!

  3. Caroline permalink
    April 28, 2010 8:30 pm

    Maya’s little crocs are adorable!! I can’t believe Ali texted you to ask what he should get for dinner.. I laughed when I read that 🙂

  4. April 28, 2010 9:28 pm

    LOVE ❤ haha little crocs

  5. April 28, 2010 11:05 pm

    Haha…you’re husband is so undecisive!! Maya needs some training…

    why am I talking like she’s some kind of pet??

  6. April 28, 2010 11:11 pm

    Ahhh the joy and simplicity of scrambled eggs 🙂
    Maya really is quite the clever little girl- just wait until she’s in middle school and high school 🙂
    Hope you feel better soon!

  7. traynharder23 permalink
    April 29, 2010 1:27 am

    i love scrambled eggs! =D

    hahaha oh maya. i wonder if me and her would have an awesome sassy showdown/repartee


    i have one on my blog tonight. featuring b, of course.

  8. Jane Pauline Hamilton permalink
    April 29, 2010 1:33 am

    Ameena’s humor strikes again! 😀 Ha ha! You’re very funny!

    And those scrambled eggs look delish!

  9. April 29, 2010 2:40 am

    Haha, this is hilarious!! 🙂 So funny that he texted you about what he should eat, he needs you Ameena!! 🙂

  10. April 29, 2010 3:06 am

    Eh, I throw that conjunction rule out the window. AND I’m an English teacher. 🙂

    Katchup pants = no good.

  11. April 29, 2010 3:21 am

    Your daughter cracks me up! Such a smart little thing- I think she’d take me down in any debate!

  12. April 29, 2010 4:13 am

    Whatever, that “and” or “but” rule is for kids who would write something like: “And good.” It’s the dumbest non-rule of grammar and is broken liberally by the best writers. SO there.

    Here’s a question: How on earth does your iPhone have all bars of service? Are you not indoors? I thought AT&T didn’t offer indoor service. Mine doesn’t get it…

    • April 29, 2010 12:10 pm

      My iPhone gets service in one tiny little spot in our entire condo. So if I’m lucky enough to remember to put my phone there than I receive text messages and calls, otherwise, I’m checking voicemail the next time I remember to take a look at my phone! AT&T has problems. Enough said.

      • April 29, 2010 12:14 pm

        Yes, especially since we both live in major cities. I can’t imagine how people use AT&T to communicate out in the boonies.

  13. April 29, 2010 4:18 am

    Oh yes! I used to find that easy and do-able back in school but now, nope! I just can’t find another way to start a sentence that has to start with ‘And’ or ‘But’

  14. April 29, 2010 5:43 am

    i can see where your daughter gets her funniness from. i’m always chuckling (in a good way) when i read your posts 🙂

  15. April 29, 2010 6:25 am

    I start sentences with And and But all the time! If anyone wants to grammar police me, I simply don’t care haha.

    Maya is so clever and funny. I can’t even come up with witty answers to questions now, let alone when I was her age.

    I also have a friend who texts me about the most mundane decisions…your text from Ali reminded me of it. I’m always like “I honestly don’t care which brand of toothpaste you buy!”

  16. louisianagrown permalink
    April 29, 2010 6:47 am

    Haha, I never start sentences with “and” or “but” for something serious like a college assignment, but I kind of like doing it on my blog for humor purposes. No shame!

  17. April 29, 2010 7:01 am

    I hope you had a wonderful trip Ameena!! I love all the pictures and the wonderful food you ate 😉

    Haha, your Maya stories always crack me up! She is so cute!

    Sometimes scrambled eggs just hit the spot, don’t they?


  18. April 29, 2010 7:56 am

    Maya’s shoes are too cute! Probably not to you though.
    I start sentences with And a lot on my blog, but not anywhere else, haha.

  19. April 29, 2010 8:12 am

    Ha,ha,-Maya sounds like a fun girl to be around!!!
    Aren’t eggs the perfect solutions to those ‘I’m too lazy to cook days’ 😉 Bless them!!

  20. whydeprive permalink
    April 29, 2010 8:17 am

    lol I start sentences with “and” and “but” all the time. I think its allowed.

    I love how Ali texts you about what to order for dinner. Thats men for you.

  21. April 29, 2010 9:39 am

    There is nothing wrong with eating scrambled eggs! I do it all the time! quick, healthy, and good for you! 🙂

  22. April 29, 2010 9:56 am

    haha i always start my sentences with what ever I want!

    Your daughter is adorable! i love the innocence of a child. So cute

  23. April 29, 2010 10:32 am

    But “and” and “but” are some of my favorite sentence starters! We’re all allowed to have a few bad habits, and there are far worse ones than eating scrambled eggs for dinner 🙂

  24. med permalink
    April 29, 2010 10:40 am

    Wow, that text from Ali is hilarious! The pictures from the trip are so amazing!

  25. April 29, 2010 10:57 am

    Maya is hilarious “But how do you know she wears my size, Mama?” hahaha… Oh the things a child says.

  26. April 29, 2010 11:08 am

    lol! good to have you back! you put such a great spin on all the mundane things that go on as a mom/wife.
    i hope the jet lag goes away soon!

  27. lowandbhold permalink
    April 29, 2010 12:16 pm

    Haha, I would have been so pissed by that text also. I love that place!

  28. April 29, 2010 12:45 pm

    And to top it off you have to be reminded that you aren’t eating at one of your favorite restaurants! That would peeve me too.

    Don’t you like how I started my sentence with “and” before? I know that’s a habit I’m not breaking either.

  29. April 29, 2010 2:41 pm

    Love. This.
    I never ever get tired of reading your posts Ameena.

    Too funny about Ali. You guys seem a great couple I have to say.

    Is Maya picky at restaurants? Does she order similar things to you?

  30. April 29, 2010 4:44 pm

    You´re totally forgiven! Haha.
    Great post, Ameena 😀
    Maya´s definetely the smartest and cutiest little girl ever!
    Have a great night.
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  31. April 29, 2010 5:29 pm

    Cute post 🙂 I’ve seen the shoes for myself 🙂 Hehe. I love Mesa Grill in Vegas! I’ve only been a couple times though! I think your eggs look delicious, for the record.

    PS Thanks so much for your phone message! Can’t wait to catch up when I’m back 🙂

  32. April 29, 2010 6:29 pm

    What a great post! My favorite is consulting for Ali via text…too funny! 🙂

  33. April 30, 2010 8:41 am

    I guess it’s good to be needed but then it’s not. Scrambled eggs vs. Mahi….. the decision would be easier. It’s too funny….

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